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Rhode Island Governor Chafee to ban employees from talk radio ('Waste of tax payer money' he says)
American Thinker ^ | 01/12/2011 | Greg Halvorson

Posted on 01/12/2011 6:24:26 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Add to Paul Krugman, Clarence Dupnak, Chris Matthews and Sherrod Brown the name, Lincoln Chafee, who joins a growing chorus of stooges building a narrative around the straw-man, talk radio.  The governor of Rhode Island, Mr. Chafee will institute a "no talk policy" for state officials, banning them from speaking to radio hosts.  A spokesman tells the Providence Journal: 

"Talk radio is essentially ratings-driven, for-profit programming and we don't think it appropriate to use taxpayer resources to have state employees use work time to support for-profit, ratings-driven programming." 

Get that?  It isn't the state's business to aid the private sector so that profits can expand employment and create wealth for Rhode Island.  And, of course, no state employee will work on pie-in-the-sky "green" energy projects, right Mr. Chafee?   Mr. Chafee? 

Hello?

 

Greg Halvorson is the founder of Soldiers Without Boots, and hosts Freedom Warrior Radio on Blog Talk Radio.

 

 



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Rhode Island
KEYWORDS: lincolnchafee; rhodeisland; talkradio

1 posted on 01/12/2011 6:24:29 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The same policy is in place for television, right? It is also for profit. Maybe the brilliant Jr. Chafee will only ban them from Fox. Of course, Fox may actually be the only for ‘profit’ new outlet at this point.


2 posted on 01/12/2011 6:27:13 AM PST by ilgipper
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To: SeekAndFind

Do I have this right? Using the radio as a means of communication to the people of Rhode Island by their government officials is considered a bad thing? Do they give interviews to TV reporters? To newspaper reporters? Or do they exist in a ruling class walled city, with the serfs outside the walls?

I am amazed at the intellect of the citizens of RI in choosing this creep to be their chief executive. Was the alternative candidate even worse?


3 posted on 01/12/2011 6:30:19 AM PST by maica
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To: SeekAndFind
"Talk radio is essentially ratings-driven, for-profit programming and we don't think it appropriate to use taxpayer resources to have state employees use work time to support for-profit, ratings-driven programming."

So no newspaper or television (PBS excepted, of course) interviews either then?

4 posted on 01/12/2011 6:31:43 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Washington is finally rid of the Kennedies. Free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.)
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To: SeekAndFind
is essentially ..., for-profit ... and we don't think it appropriate to use taxpayer resources

LOL! Pretty good description of big-government liberalism.

5 posted on 01/12/2011 6:34:30 AM PST by MulberryDraw (Turn off the EPA, FCC, Federal Dept. of Education, ...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Of course, that will also include no Campaigning, right?


6 posted on 01/12/2011 6:34:48 AM PST by annieokie
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To: SeekAndFind

The people of RI continue to prove they are brain dead.


7 posted on 01/12/2011 6:35:11 AM PST by mort56
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To: SeekAndFind
"Talk radio is essentially ratings-driven, for-profit programming and we don't think it appropriate to use taxpayer resources to have state employees use work time to support for-profit, ratings-driven programming."

Chafee continued, "This order will save the State of Vermont aproximately 10 bazillion dollars. The assembly will be sending me a greatly increased spending budget that accomodates this gain."

8 posted on 01/12/2011 6:36:58 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: SeekAndFind

A stopped clock is right twice a day. I would like government at every level to fire every flack and PR flunky. The government should never talk to the press. Rather the people should observe the government and decide what they think of things on their own.

When the government spends your money to tell you what to think, they are looking after their own interests, not yours. It is worse than a waste of money. It is spending money for counter-productive purposes.


9 posted on 01/12/2011 6:37:36 AM PST by Haiku Guy (What we've got here is ... failure to communicate.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Doing THAT is a complete waste of liberals’ time.

When did Rush ever have to depend on guests?


10 posted on 01/12/2011 6:38:49 AM PST by Scanian
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To: maica

RE: I am amazed at the intellect of the citizens of RI in choosing this creep to be their chief executive. Was the alternative candidate even worse?


Here’s the problem with most voters as I see it ... most vote based on either PARTY AFFILIATION ( e.g., I’m Democrat so, to hell with the issues, I tick the D row ), or NAME RECOGNITION.

It has been said that in South Carolina, close to 400,00 voted for Al Greene over Jim DeMint.

Many voted because they Greene was a Democrat or Al Green is a recognized name ( no he’s not the famous singer, but who cares?).

Luckily, Jim DeMint has been there long enough to garner close to 65% of the vote. But what disturbs me is this -— a significant number of South Carolina voters are totally UNTHNKING ZOMBIES.

See this short Bob Hope click to understand :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWpU8sX10_4


11 posted on 01/12/2011 6:41:34 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

RE: Chafee continued, “This order will save the State of Vermont aproximately 10 bazillion dollars. The assembly will be sending me a greatly increased spending budget that accomodates this gain.”


Don’t you mean Rhode Island, or is Chafee just confused?


12 posted on 01/12/2011 6:43:59 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
"Talk radio is essentially ratings-driven, for-profit programming and we don't think it appropriate to use taxpayer resources to have state employees use work time to support for-profit, ratings-driven programming."

LOL. Like network and local TV news isn't?

13 posted on 01/12/2011 6:46:07 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SeekAndFind

Sorry, RI.

Evelyn Wood fails me again!


14 posted on 01/12/2011 6:50:09 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: SeekAndFind

SInce Chafee is a state government employee, if he should ever go on talk radio or a TV talk show (radio with pictures) he should be called out for the hypocrite that he is.


15 posted on 01/12/2011 6:51:23 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Progressive Papal Politburo has spoken.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

16 posted on 01/12/2011 6:51:46 AM PST by The Comedian (Puzzling puzzle pieces precisely proliferating panoramically.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh that pesky First Amendment!


17 posted on 01/12/2011 6:56:29 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Uh-huh. I see. The first amendment does not apply to the Rhode Island Plantations.

Mr. Chafee is a very strange man.

What’s he afraid of, ay?

The truth, I’d say.


18 posted on 01/12/2011 6:59:55 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no such thing as a good tax." Winston Churchill)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is the Rhode Island State Government telling their employees that they can’t appear on the talk shows even if they do it outside of work?


19 posted on 01/12/2011 7:09:27 AM PST by frposty (I'm a simpleton)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh, thank you for that link! I hope it gets shared everywhere on the internet.


20 posted on 01/12/2011 7:10:55 AM PST by maica
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To: SeekAndFind
"we don't think it appropriate to use taxpayer resources to have state employees use work time to support for-profit, ratings-driven programming."

If he is saying that they are not permitted to call into talk radio programs, sports talk programs, radio contests, etc. during work hours, then I see nothing wrong with that. They should be doing what they're getting paid to do during those hours. If he is saying they are not allowed to do this, period, then that's another matter.

21 posted on 01/12/2011 7:26:21 AM PST by GreenHornet
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RE: . If he is saying they are not allowed to do this, period, then that’s another matter.


I believe he means the latter.


22 posted on 01/12/2011 7:41:38 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Violating 1st Amendment rights...sounds like Communism.


23 posted on 01/12/2011 7:50:55 AM PST by IH8DEMS (.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
He chose his words very carefully. "....essentially ratings-driven, for-profit......"

The big three media liar corporations have always claimed their news operations aren't 'for-profit' or 'ratings-driven'....This, perhaps, is the biggest lie, in fact. They 'fight like mad for ratings'.....they always lose, however. But, they also have the First Imperative - propagate the Liberal Lie...which is job-one for them. And, they subsidize the expense and losses to push forward the First Imperative Agenda.....(they're counting on getting it back on the back-end).

24 posted on 01/12/2011 7:53:42 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind

Parties also nationalize races.

So if you like an R in another state but you are stuck with a rino, you vote for the rino in order to give that conservative R a shot.

They system breaks down when the sacrificial rinos outnumber the conservatives leaving the base with no voice.


25 posted on 01/12/2011 8:02:14 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: maica

So we can de-fund NPR and out the GE/NBC/MSNBC nexus of conflict?


26 posted on 01/12/2011 12:52:36 PM PST by AliVeritas (Pray. For all the latest, check out: http://directorblue.blogspot.com/)
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